University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

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Highest Nursing Honors

On July 18, UI Hospitals and Clinics was recognized once again by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing practice.

Our hospital was the first in Iowa to be designated: initially in 2004, then re-designated in 2008, and now again in 2013.

The re-designation follows an 18-month effort by the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care to collect and submit comprehensive data about the quality of its nursing practice in areas such as evidence-based practice, shared governance, advanced standards of practice, and providing safe care in an environment that fosters collaboration and education.

Early in June, the organization received a site visit by four appraisers—all director-level nurses or chief nursing officers from major medical centers across the country. The appraisers spent three days verifying the data and met with members of the nursing department, organizational leaders, clinic and unit nurses, doctors, local legislators, and members of the community.

“Throughout the site visit, the Magnet appraisers were highly impressed with our nursing practice environment,” says Chief Nursing Officer Ann Williamson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC.

“In several areas, our work was recognized as being exemplary and we have set the bar for excellence in these areas that other nursing organizations will have to meet in the future," Williamson adds.

“Magnet organizations are known for attracting and retaining the best and brightest nurses—something our patients and their families have known for years,” says Jean Robillard, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our nursing team and all they do to support our missions of education, research, and patient care,” adds CEO Ken Kates. “I am delighted to be part of this tremendous honor in support of our incredible nursing staff and nursing leaders. The Magnet appraisers were clear when they said they had never seen an organization like this before—one with such strong ties to the community. I hope we continue to tell more about the great things our nurses do here every day.”

Currently, 395 health care organizations from a pool of more than 6,000 across the United States are Magnet-designated. Of those, only 55 have been recognized by the Magnet program three times. The Magnet designation is in place for four years.

UI Hospitals and Clinics employs more than 2,000 professional nurses. About 350 nurses are nationally certified in specialty areas. In addition to providing patient care, UI nurses teach clinical education and conduct research. The Nurse Residency program for new graduate nurses was nationally certified recently, only one of 11 such programs in the country.

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